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SAO Exchange: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Spring/Fall
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Spanish
Language Requirement:
200-level
Housing:
Host Family
Non-Illinois Student Options:
All non-Illinois students
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
 
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Program Overview

The University of Illinois SAO believes in offering students the opportunity to live, explore and develop through cultural immersion while benefiting from sound an academic program and superior student services. We have created a one-of-a-kind semester or year program in Ecuador that offers an integrated academic and social environment and the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable, experienced program staff.


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Program Specific Information
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Program Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships *Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

 


Academic Environment

Where you will study

 
Students on the Ecuador Program enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). This university has a distinct personality; it is a unique blend of a peaceful location, excellent academic opportunities and a motivated student population.

 
 
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Courses
 
Through the Ecuador exchange program you will enroll direcly into the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. This allows you to take nearly any class available at the university. Depending on the course, you may be with all international students, a mix of international and Ecuadorian, or all Ecuadorian students. The majority of these classes will be taught completely in Spanish. Below are a sample of disciplines available at USFQ:

Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Biology, Cinema and Television, Communication/Media, Ecology, Economics/Businesses, Engineering, Food Sciences, Health/Medicine, History, Spanish, Languages, Law, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Veterinary Science, Women's Studies, Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Graphic Design, Hospitality, Human Resources, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Resources, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Tourism.

For a full listing of courses, click on the following link.

Class size
 
USFQ is a small, private liberal arts school of about 4500 undergraduates, of which 1000 are international students mostly from the U.S.  Class sizes vary, but most are small lecture-discussions of about 15-30 students that meet 2-3 times per week.  

Students should note that USFQ's online course system lists courses as 1 credit hour more than their UIUC course equivalents.  For example, a class that shows as 4 credit hours at USFQ will only come back as 3 credit hours at UIUC, and a class that shows as 3 credit hours at USFQ will only come back as 2 credit hours at UIUC.  Students with credit-hour requirements for financial aid or scholarships should keep this in mind when planning their schedules.

Language
 
Courses as USFQ are primarily taught in Spanish.  Courses in English are available, along with courses to learn other languages such as Quichua, Chinese, French, and more.

 
 
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Experiential Learning / Volunteer Opportunities
 
Volunteering is an important part of our program. A majority of students in previous semesters have sought further integration in Ecuadorian life by volunteering in organizations dealing with issues of environmental protection, in women's shelters, orphanages, retirement homes, public schools and public hospitals. Our volunteer coordinator on-site can advise you on finding volunteer positions. Please note that these positions are meant to enhance your study abroad experience; they are not granted academic credit and are unpaid. For volunteer opportunities, click here: Ecuador_Volunteer.pdf

Excursions
 
Excursions to three to four points of interest outside of Quito are included in the program. Past excursions include a two-day trip to the traditional indigenous market at Otavalo and surrounding lakes and nature areas, a day trip to the Papallacta natural hot springs in the eastern cordillera of the Andes Mountains, and a weekend trip to Puerto Quito - a tropical rain forest located three hours from Quito. The diverse locations and environments you visit are sure to be unforgettable, and will get you started in exploring Ecuador on your own. The cost of transportation, lodging, and meals on these excursions is included in the program fee.

Tiputini Biodiversity Station, located at the heart of the Yasuní National Park in the Amazon Rainforest, is a favorite trip among students.  Built in one of the most pristine sections of rainforest in the world as a joint project by USFQ and a few U.S. universities, the station is only accessible by riverboat and houses researchers who need to get up close and personal to the wildlife.   The station also has cabins for visitors, and  every international student at USFQ has the opportunity to visit the unique research station for 4 days for an additional cost of about $400-$500 dollars.  Local guides and workers will take students along trails and in boats to get a look at tropical birds, insects, dolphins, and every animal you could imagine. Tiputini is famous for being the most biodiverse place in the world, but also for the oil reserves that lie below it and threaten its preservation.  Read about National Geographic's coverage of Tiputini here, and about USFQ's involvement here.

Onsite Support

Maria Teresa Barragan, Housing and Volunteer Coordinator

Maria Teresa Barragan, born in Riobamba, Ecudor, was the Academic Director and Resident Director of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito exchange program up until May of 2015. As an adolescent, Maria lived and studied in Baltimore, Maryland for her high school years. After studying in the States, she returned to Ecuador and received a degree from the Universidad Catolica de Quito in linguistics and became an English teacher. She received a masters degree in Intercultural Education from Newport University in California years later.  In addition, she is the founder and now president (since 2005) of the Foundation FEVI (Foundation for Intercultural Education and  Volunteering). The foundation works with the education of children in marginal areas of Ecuador. While Maria no longer works as the Resident Director of this program, she continues to coordinate our housing program with host families and volunteer opportunities in the community, two critical aspects of the Illinois program in Ecuador.  Students will work exclusively with Maria on all issues related to these two areas. 

Office of International Programs (OPI)

The mission of the Office of International Programs (OPI) is to provide services and resources to all international students that come to USFQ and to facilitate USFQ students applying for the exchange program to our partner universities abroad.  Learn more about OPI by clicking here.  

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Accommodation

Students will live with an Ecuadorian family carefully selected by our housing coordinator, based on the preferences you express.  Students are placed with families in Cumbayá and Lumbisí. Your host family will introduce you to Ecuadorian society and culture, and help you improve your Spanish. Past participants often cite their host family as the most beneficial and memorable aspect of their study abroad experience.

 

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Application Process

Eligibility

You need to have completed the equivalent of four college semesters of Spanish prior to your departure. At Illinois, Spanish 140, 141, 142, or 143 count as the fourth semester. If you have not taken any Spanish in college, you need to have completed four years of high school Spanish. If you are a heritage speaker of Spanish and have not taken a Spanish course(s), this program might be the perfect one for you -- please contact the Study Abroad Office to talk about your linguistic background and goals.
 
Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.
 
Spring Semester Programs
Priority Deadline: June 15
Final Deadline: September 15
 
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: February 15 

How to Apply

Please click the Create App button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking Create App and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:
 
Step 1 .) The Study Abroad Office Application, which includes:

  • Letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Host language essay (in Spanish)
  • Official transcript
  • Online questionnaires 
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.

Step 2.) The Host University application, due  (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):

  • If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a second application to the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.

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Resources & Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)

First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
 
Ecuador Program Advisor
Clair Bryan
sao-latinamerica@illinois.edu

Location and Mailing Address
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2015 09/15/2014
**
Rolling Admission 01/10/2015 05/17/2015
Fall Semester 2015 02/15/2015
**
Rolling Admission 08/22/2015 12/23/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/15/2015
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2016 09/15/2015 09/15/2015 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed